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Here it is: The what did you read in February thread.  Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions. This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.  ;D
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 01:24:17 AM »
Touch by Claire North - Loved this! The premise of a "ghost" that survives by pretty much hijacking bodies, stealing time from the person's life, and when the ghost leaves, they have no memory or sense of the time that has been taken. Oh, and there's a murder mystery to solve as well.

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells - This was a fun audiobook. I enjoyed the protagonist and the concept of clean versus dirty magic

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca - This was a great, there were many familiar aspects to it, but it was executed well. The protagonist is a bit of a vigilante out to clean the streets of an illegal drug that has caused personal tragedy in his life and many others.

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells -Not as good as the first (Dirty Magic) but not bad.

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan - I thought this was a wonderful end to the trilogy. Provided closure but also a few interesting openings for future series.

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marlier - Absolutely wonderful story, a dark fairy tale with a bit of mystery to it. Found it captivating, really looking forward to the next one.
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 04:08:48 AM »
All Four Rain Wilds Books: I really liked this series. It doesn't get the love of the other Hobb series, but for some reason I was engaged with the characters and hope she revisits Kelsingra soon.

Prince of Thorns: Probably couldn't be a more different protagonist (can you even call Jorg that) from the youngsters in Rain Wilds, but I'm still finding myself completely hooked into the story. Lawrence has amazing prose and I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the broken empire trilogy. Halfway through King of Thorns now!
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 06:16:17 AM »
Despite being a short month February was a big month of reading for me. I finished 12 books, 9 of which were either science fiction of fantasy.

Mira Grant - Symbiont. I really liked Grant's Newsflesh trilogy (the opener Feed is the best zombie book I've read), but I'm really not enjoying Parasitology. There's so much padding and the main character, who is very passive seems to feel a need to remind us of her situation a couple of times every chapter. It started life as a duology and was then stretched into a trilogy, this book seems to be the unnecessary middle book that didn't previously exist. I doubt I'll continue on, because I honestly don't care what happens to anyone in it.

E.E Doc Smith - Skylark. This was an ominbus of Doc Smith's 4 Skylark novels. The writing was so ham fisted and the dialog so dreadful that I had to remind myself that Smith was breaking new ground when it came to his ideas at the time. I'm kind of glad I read them, I tried once before when I was a kid, but couldn't get through them, but I wouldn't rush to do it again.

Dave Duncan - Perilous Seas and Emperor and Clown. The final two books in Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word. The first of these still remains the standout, but the whole series is a lot of fun, and has some really interesting and different ideas for the time, along with some very likeable and odd ball characters.

Wesley Chu - The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao. I read the first one and went straight into the second. These are Fun with a capital F. Really cool idea behind them and it lives up to the early promise. Dammit Chu you nearly made me cry at the end of the second one, too! Can't wait for the 3rd in April.

Joe Abercrombie - Half the World. This was a good followup to Half a World, although I can't shake the feeling that he read Henry Treece's Viking trilogy, changed a few things and rewrote it. It was interesting to see Joe on tour here while I was reading it and getting him to sign my copy as well.

Paul Cornell - The Severed Streets. This is the sequel to London Falling. I actually liked it more. London Falling had a darkness that often made me uncomfortable, and I had issues with one of the main characters. I liked him a lot more in this and I love the way Paul Cornell describes London. There's also something to be said for a good Jack the Ripper story, too.

Genevieve Cogman - The Invisible Library. I liked the idea and the concept and it started off really well, but it all went downhill from there. The ideas were very cool it was just the way that they were executed that fell a bit flat for me. There were holes in the way the characters behaved and I guess I just didn't buy into that. I also felt that with the idea that there are chaos affected alternate worlds a better choice than a pale imitation of Gail Carriger's steampunk world could have been chosen to set most of the action on.
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 08:13:29 AM »
I had a very YA February (possibly because I was feeling poorly and YA books are often a quick and easier read).
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie - great fun. Love the world, and it's really not lacking much of Abercrombie's traditional grit in the storyline (less sex and swearing, perhaps). My only slight complaint is that things went by so fast, and I might've liked a little more time and depth to it all. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson - which I cannot praise enough. It's maybe a little more sci-fi or dystopic than fantasy, but it's got so much world depth and wonder to it that I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's a layered, nuanced and international look at putting a society back together post-apocalypse, and what that means for being human.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - which I was ambivalent about. It has a great Russian-inspired world, but it's too YA and slick in its telling for my tastes. There's just not quite enough of anything except the narrator-heroine.
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee - should've been more awesome than it was, because it's post-apocalypse-by-angel with all sorts of awesome setup. But it didn't really pay off on its setups (coming later, I assume, but I was left underwhelmed).

I also read The Mirror Empire which is being discussed in another thread. My view, though, to quote my own review: "This is really excellent, full of amazing imagination and solid characters. It's written with deftness and flair that never get in each others' way, and has big, chewy plot. It's also almost no fun at all."

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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 08:30:09 AM »
Surprised how many books I managed to read last month.  :o

Both Ready Player One and The Martian were instant favourites, they're definitely two of the best books I've read recently. I also ploughed through most of the Robots/Empire/Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, which was a little disappointing in that none of the books have lived up to the original Foundation trilogy. The Copper Promise and Dreamer's Pool were both entertaining and relatively light hearted, enjoyed them quite a lot.

In the order that I read them...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams -
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -
The Martian by Andy Weir -
Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov -
Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov -
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov -
Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov -
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov -
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov -
The Copper Promise by Jen Williams -
The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov -
The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov -
Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov -
Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier -
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 09:37:19 AM »
Another quiet month for me and also some non-fantasy.

I finished William Horwood's Hyddenworld quartet reading Winter. I've always loved William Horwood but hadn't read anything by him for a long time so it was lovely to read him again. Really enjoyed this series.

Traitor's blade by Sebastien de Castell - Feb book club read. Very enjoyable classic fantasy romp.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr - for my 10 year old's English project! Semi-autobiographical story about a German Jewish girl and her family living as refugees in the run up to WW2.

A life turned upside down by Nikki Hastings - Published posthumously, by a friend of mine about her experience of living with terminal cancer. Although not a cheerful subject it was a really well written "warts and all" account.
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2015, 11:34:47 AM »
A lot of my February was devoted to studying, but I still managed:

Icewind Dale Trilogy - Enjoyable, but I'd forgotten just how terrible some of the early Forgotten Realms books were.

The Autumn Republic - Not quite as good as Crimson Campaign, but a good conclusion to the trilogy.

Guns of the Dawn
- The first standalone I've read in ages and one of Tchaikovsky's strongest.

High Druid of Shannara Trilogy - Not the best of the Shannara Cycle, but at least my collection is complete now.

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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2015, 02:10:20 PM »
Broke out of my January no reading junk and had a really enjoyable February.

Side Jobs by Jim Butcher.  A collection of Dresden short stories, they were all good and enjoyable but I wouldn't call any of them must reads.

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett.  I really enjoyed this book and if I had gotten to it in 2014 it would have been in my Top 5 for the year (probably somewhere in the 3-5 range).  This is one of the few books where I wish we got even more world building and I look forward to see what the other books in the series bring.

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan.  This was a very fine finish to the series.  The first two thirds of the book was almost non-stop action and the ending was very enjoyable as well.  I'm still not a fan of Adamat, he seems to slow everything down, and everything wrapped up a bit too neatly for me in the end but it was still a really enjoyable series. 

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie.  I liked Half a King but something felt off on it for me so I couldn't really say I loved it.  This book, however, I loved.  Whatever I thought was missing in the first book seemed to be back in this one.  Brand and Thorn stole the show much more than Yarvi and I think Yarvi worked better as a non-POV character.  Luckily the last book should be out this summer and we won't have to wait long to see how it all ends.

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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2015, 05:16:46 PM »
Prince of Fools - Mark Lawrence. I enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed it more than Prince of Thorns.

Tome of the Undergates - Sam Sykes. I wanted to read this because I want to read City Stained Red. But this was a struggle. I found that in the first 425 pages there was very little character development and suddenly in the last 75 pages there was oodles (yes oodles) of character development. 

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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2015, 05:35:05 PM »
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) by Patrick Rothfuss not for me unfortunately

Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Burton & Swinburne #3) by Mark Hodder fun Steampunk adventure

The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (Burton & Swinburne #4) Steampunk not as good as the earlier three in the series for me anyway

Nightworld (Adversary Cycle #6) by F. Paul Wilson   I was expecting better for the last book to feature Repairman Jack, it was okay but I wanted it to be great after reading about Repairman Jack for 20+ books

Thraxas at the Races (Thraxas #3) by Martin Scott Urban Fantasy, Alcoholic failed sorcerer turned middle age pot belly Detective. Fun Little book

The City of Silk and Steel by Mike Carey  Eastern Type Fantasy, This was a brilliant read  :)
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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2015, 06:14:16 PM »
Last month:

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb - final book of the Liveship Traders trilogy, I loved it. Amazing, and I think I've gushed enough about them in the other thread ;)

The Copper promise by Jen Williams - extremely fun adventure, it almost read like a sunday afternoon movie, comfy. Look forward to the next ones

The Adamantine palace by Stephen Deas - and yet more dragons!  ;D Interesting start to the trilogy (apparently there's more, but I read that the first 3 are more or less self-contained), I thought it could have been more developed (both characters and plot). I'm currently reading number 2, and it's getting better in that respect.

and one non-fantasy book

I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that by Ben Goldacre, a non-fiction book about science. This is a compilation of his newspaper articles about evidence-based medicine, quacks, shoddy science journalism and silly politicians who can't count  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2015, 10:06:31 PM »
I managed to get through a fair amount last month - two weeks between jobs helped. 

The Golden Fool and Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb.  I'd been meaning to catch up on these for a while (someone had borrowed our copy of 'The Golden Fool' for quite some time).  As for what I thought of it?  It's Robin Hobb and Fitz.  Enough said. 

Grave Peril and Summer Knight by Jim Butcher.  Enjoyable as always but I must admit I did not like 'Grave Peril' as much.  It seemed more disjointed than the others in the series thus far. 

Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb again.  It's good to return to the Rain Wilds and I have always admired Hobb's ability to write about seemingly not a lot and make it fascinating through her characters and their daily interactions. 

The Paper Magician by Charlie Holberg.  Victorian magic.  A bit predictable but an interesting concept that might improve with further exploration. 

Vicious by V E Schwab.  A first real foray into superhero fiction for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Interesting development of all characters involved and seems to have plenty to discuss on morality and mortality without being too obvious (in my opinion). 

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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2015, 12:06:00 AM »
It's been a Joe Abercrombie month for me.
In my quest to finish climbing the must read fantasy mountain, I completed The First Law trilogy and Best Served Cold.
As far as the trilogy goes, I definitely liked it. It surprised me how symbolic of an author he is, and how big of a conspiracy theorist. Or how much he knew about modern politics, depending on your perspective. It didn't necessarily end on a happy note, but not a completely bad one either. It left me with a lot to think about, which is always a good thing.
Best Served Cold did the same thing, but in a different way. It gave me a completely different perspective on vengeance, which not many authors successfully do. Also, out of all of Abercrombie's books that I've read so far, it had the most shocking plot twist.

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Re: What did you read in February? Come share your list and thoughts
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2015, 06:07:52 PM »
I also finished all four books of Rain Wild Chronicles. Was probably my most productive reading in six months or more. Think it's because it was something that finally caught my interest, which seems to be a fairly easy accomplishment for Robin Hobb :).

Not fantasy, but I also read Rules for Radicals. Interesting book. Disturbing morality.

Think I might need to just read the cliff notes on Wheel of Time until I catch up to the Sandersons I've yet to read. (Been stuck on the last 200 pages of book 4 four for about 6 months, and read maybe 10 books in between. I usually enjoy re-reading series, but it's just not doing it for me this time.)

It's not reading, but I also just started season 4 of Game of Thrones (cursed HBO making we wait a year for discs). It's basically a book. Don't tell me it isn't.

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